Hendrick Avercamp

Amsterdam 1585 - Kampen 1663

Figures skating on a frozen lake.

Oil on Panel, 21.3 x 30.3 cm.
Signed with Monogram: 'HA' (lower center, on the middle trunk)

Provenance Collection Rudolf Brockhaus (1838-1898), Leipzig;
Private collection, Germany, and by descent to the present owner;
Sale Christie’s New York, 19 April 2018, lot 10 as studio. After technical investigation, including Hirox microscopy and infrared photography, new insight was gained into the working methods of the artist, consistent with other autograph works by Avercamp. These findings support the authorship of this work to Avercamp.
The full examination by Gwendolyn Boeve-Jones, Redivivus BV Studio for Conservation of Paintings is available

Exhibition Austellung aus sächsischem Privatbesitz in Leipzig, Leipzig 1889, no. 5.

Literature Clara Welcker, Hendrick Averkamp 1585-1634, Bijgenamd‚ De Stomme van Campen, Doornspijk, 1979, no S. 53.1, p.212;
F. Schlie, “Leipzig. Museum. Die Austellung älterer Meister aus sächsischem Privatbesitz“, in Dr. H. Janitschek, Repertorium für Kunstwissenschaft, vol. XIII, Berlin and Stuttgart 1890, p.159, „…an extraordinary good little painting…“

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